Alzheimer’s Association Hosts Caregiver Appreciation Day Sept. 12

Monday, August 12, 2013

The Alzheimer’s Association and Silver Angels will host a “Caregiver Appreciation Day” on Thursday, Sept. 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m. on the Jasper Courthouse Square.   

This event is free and open to the public. Hot dogs and soft drinks will be served and guests will have a chance to win door prizes. 

 “We want this to be a real celebration,” says Amy French, program manager for the Alzheimer’s Association.  “The entire community is invited to join us.  Folks need to know we are there to support them and that they are appreciated.” 

 In Tennessee alone, more than 400,000 caregivers provide a total of over 470 million hours of unpaid care for loved ones affected by Alzheimer’s disease.  “Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia is one of the greatest challenges one can face,” said Ms. French.  “These caregivers are definitely unsung heroes, although they do not see themselves as such.  They are simply doing what has to be done to be sure their loved one is taken care of.”  

In case of rain, the celebration will be held at Silver Angels, at 12 Courthouse Square in Jasper. 

The Alzheimer’s Association offers a monthly support group for Alzheimer’s caregivers in Marion County.  The group meets the second Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at Silver Angels.  As a result of the stress related to Alzheimer’s care, ongoing support for the caregiver is vitally important, officials said.

For more information about this event or about Alzheimer’s disease contact the Alzheimer’s Association at 800.272-3900 or visit www.alz.org/tn


Haslam, Boyd Announce State Infrastructure Investment Surrounding St. Jude Children's Research Hospital In Shelby County

Governor Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd on Thursday announced that the state of Tennessee, along with the city of Memphis, will invest in public infrastructure surrounding St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.   The state will invest $12 million in FastTrack funding to improve the public infrastructure surrounding ... (click for more)

Senate Passes 21st Century Cures Bill To Help Find Cures For Cancer And Alzheimer’s, And To Fight Opioid Crisis

Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander on Wednesday said “the most important bill of the year is headed towards the President’s desk,” after the United States Senate passed the 21 st  Century Cures Act by a vote of 94 to 5. “For the second consecutive year, the senate is sending the President another Christmas miracle for his signature. Last year, it was the ... (click for more)

County Schools Prepare To Set Priorities For Next Round Of School Building Funding

County school board members are gearing up to set priorities for the next round of new school construction in Hamilton County. Lee McDade, assistant superintendent, said officials may know by the spring how much money will be available to build new schools or add on to existing ones - or do a combination of both. Board member Rhonda Thurman said a proposal to build a new Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Walker County Will No Longer Have Full-Time County Attorney Under Whitfield Tenure; Will Add Full-Time Communications Director

Incoming Walker County Sole Commissioner Shannon Whitfield said under his administration there will no longer be a full-time county attorney. "We will outsource this service on a fee basis," he said. Mr. Whitfield said he has begun interviewing attorneys who might be able to help out the county from time to time. Don Oliver has long been the county attorney for Walker County ... (click for more)

Vehicle Emissions Testing Causes More Pollution Than It Prevents - And Response

While a noble cause to make sure vehicles are operating efficiently with the minimum amount of pollutants, a simple analysis makes it somewhat evident the VET program in Chattanooga causes more pollution that it prevents.  Though I don't know how many vehicles are tested on an annual basis, if you assume an average round trip of 10 miles to the nearest testing station (five ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Our Senseless Divide

If I could change one thing about the schools in Chattanooga, my wish would be that everybody could become good friends. I’m talking about the private schools versus the public schools. The rancor is so bad we hardly every play in sports anymore and what the loathsome TSSAA has done in recent years to the out-numbered private schools is sinful. My dream would be that there would ... (click for more)